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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has announced plans to appoint a new cabinet minister role tasked with cutting waste at Queen’s Park.
The Minister of Savings and Accountability would be charged with finding a half a per cent of savings – about $600-million – in the annual budget each year.
“There are a lot of people around the cabinet table whose business it is, whose job it is to spend the money,” Ms. Horwath said.
“What I want is someone there who’s going to be able to save the pennies.”
But the NDP Leader doesn’t want a bloated cabinet, either. She pledged to cut the 27-member cabinet down by a third, ditching 8 minister positions and their staff, with other ministers absorbing their portfolios. Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has made a similar promise to cut down cabinet, though he said he would slash 11 positions.